Photo: Frances Hatch in Bridport, South West

Frances Hatch

Artist, Teacher

Direct work in the landscape is central to my practice. The environments within which I work currently include Devon, The Isle of Purbeck along The Jurassic Coast and the North West Highlands of Scotland. Antarctica holds enduring significance. Each site has its own palette and demands something particular of me… at times I integrate colour (gouache, acrylic or watercolour) with what is available in the landscape and at others the found material offers all. When painting with material ‘of the place’ I feel a narrowing of the separation between it’s transience and my own. By grubbing around for my tools and pigments I make discoveries about a place that I might otherwise miss. If I return, even a day later, a different set of possibilities arise because I’m different and I’m encountering matter, water, light and air that continually fluctuate.

Location Bridport, South West
Activities Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting
Tags drawing, painting, lecture, landscape, earths, workshop, West Dean College, plein air, on location, water-based

News & Events

  • The RWA163rd Annual Open Exhibition

    04/10/2015 – 29/11/2015
    RWA Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX

    A selected exhibition from open submission

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  • Black Swan Open

    24/10/2015 – 21/11/2015
    Black Swan Gallery, 2 Bridge St, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BB

    Selected from open submission.

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  • Christmas Mixed Show

    14/11/2015 – 22/12/2015
    Kevis House, Lombard Street, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AG.

    A selection of gallery artists feature in this lovely gallery space in the heart of Petworth.

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  • The Discerning Eye Exhibition

    12/11/2015 – 22/11/2015
    The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

    An annual exhibition selected by a panel of judges.

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    21/07/2014 – 30/08/2014
    Kevis House Gallery

    This show witnesses to the artist's experience of change in Studland and Charmouth along the Jurassic Coast.: shifting season, ebb and flow of water, earth movement, light and weather.

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    Just published ebook; EARTH MATTERS 1 ISBN: 978-1320011563 Available on and Apple iBookstore

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